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The album that brought poetic possibility to punk’s revolution

Already an accomplished writer and artist, Patti Smith became rock’s most original frontwoman with the release of Horses in 1975. “Gloria” and “Land” transform ‘60s garage anthems into writhing, impassioned expressions of punk freedom. With its skewed reggae, “Redondo Beach” showcases the disarming elasticity of Smith’s vocals, while “Birdland” is a narrative epic engulfed in the fire of language. Though the album is driven by a hunger for new forms, Smith never loses faith in the gusty, careening rock ‘n’ roll of “Free Money” and “Break It Up.”

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